The Eucharist or Holy Communion is the third sacrament of Christian initiation It completes Christian initiation by which Catholics partake of the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ and participate in his one sacrifice.
Holy Communioin Guidelines
For Non Catholics
We welcome to the celebration of the Eucharist all those who are not baptized. However as Baptism is the 'door' to all the other sacraments, we cannot extend an invitation to you to receive communion. We do, however, invite you to be united with us in prayer.
We also welcome to this celebration those Christians from other denominations of the Christian faith who are not fully united with us. It is a consequence of the sad divisions in Christianity that we cannot extend to you a general invitation to receive Communion for this would imply a oneness which does not exist, and for which we must all pray. An alternate sign of our Christian unity is to join the Communion line to receive a blessing. Or, if you wish, you may remain in your pew, and join with us in silent prayer.
To Receive a Blessing
You indicate that you wish to receive a blessing by approaching the priest or extraordinary Eucharistic minister with both arms across your chest (in the form of an X).
For Returning Catholics
If you have been away from the practice of your faith for some time you are urged to come celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation (confession). If you are aware that you may be in mortal sin it is necessary to go to individual confession before receiving Communion. Be assured that God's mercy is available to all who ask for it. In the meantime, you may, if you wish, come forward to receive a blessing.
For Those Receiving Communion
You may receive the Host either on the tongue or on the hand. It is appropriate to make a gesture of reverence when approaching the minister. While you are two or three people away from the minister my may wish to bow or to make the sign of the cross.
Please consume the Host while standing before the minister. Do not walk away with the Host in your hand.
Those who are unable to walk long distances unassisted are invited to sit in the front or back pew so that a minister may bring Communion to you at your seat.